French progressive-metal veterans Gojira plunge into a cult-like atmosphere with their disturbing video for “Stranded.” The dynamic single highlights the quartet’s new LP, Magma, out June 17th via Roadrunner Records.
The Vincent Caldoni-directed clip finds the band performing in a house custom-designed for a horror film, filled with people wearing dog masks and a woman writhing on the ground like Regan from The Exorcist. Singer-guitarist Joe Duplantier growls of a “growing sickness in the heart” and “another day in the dark” over thunderous riffs, building to a bridge of clean vocal harmonies.
Magma, a follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed L’enfant Sauvage, is the band’s first album recorded at their own studio, Silver Cord. Gojira produced, mixed and engineered the 10-track LP – one of Rolling Stone‘s 25 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2016 – themselves.
Pre-orders are available today via the band’s website, and all orders will receive an instant download of “Stranded.” Exclusive bundle editions include a limited-edition, 52-page hardcover book with photos, sketches and artwork, along with a DVD and HD digital download of the band’s 2015 Rock in Rio performance (with newly mixed audio by the band).
Magma was inspired in part by the death of Joe and drummer Mario Duplantier’s mother, who passed away during the LP’s recording sessions. “The songs were half-written while she was sick,” Joe told Rolling Stone in an in-depth interview. “After she died, I still had to finish them. So one song was like, ‘You’re going to make it,’ but the second verse is ‘You didn’t make it.'”
“When you read Joe’s lyrics, for me, I cry right away,” Mario said. “They’re very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music.”
Gojira – Magma Track List
1. “The Shooting Star”
3. “The Cell”
5. “Yellow Stone”
8. “Only Pain”
9. “Low Lands”